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Stoke Newington Lit Fest: Next Weekend
The Quietus , May 28th, 2012 05:55

John Cooper Clarke, Wilko Johnson, Paul Morley and more as guests for next weekend's third edition

Photo courtesy of David X Green

Next weekend, between time spent in the sun, at Field Day and dodging Jubilee antics, you could do far worse than find your way to the third edition of the Stoke Newington Literary Festival. Running from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June, the line-up this year features a whole raft of talks and events, with price of entry ranging from free to an average of a fiver or so, and a bit more for some of the bigger names.

Included among this year's guests are legendary punk poet John Cooper Clarke, who will be performing a mix of his classic work and newer poems at the Town Hall on Saturday night. On Friday evening, comedians Josie Long and Robin Ince are to open the event at the same venue, and on Sunday evening the festival will close with Wilko Johnson in conversation with Zoe Howe. In between are talks on a whole variety of subjects, ranging from Perfect London Pubs, to living as a community, Life After Leveson and the fall of Gadaffi's regime in Libya (featuring Channel 4's International Editor Lindsey Hilsum).

Something of particular interest is a panel discussion based around Richard King's new book How Soon In Now, which follows some of the stories around independent music from 1975 to 2005. It features the author himself, alongside Rough Trade Records biographer Neil Taylor, Paul Morley and other as-yet-unannounced guests. That's taking place at the Town Hall at 6pm on Sunday.

The festival takes place across a range of venues dotted around the area, with events on Friday evening and throughout Saturday and Sunday. For the full programme and more information you can head across to their website.